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Carolina Pharmacy is raising awareness for local area pharmacies. It is time to show your support.

Did you know that pharmacists are among the most trusted working professionals in the United States? They play a crucial leading role in consumer health and wellness, yet many people are unaware of the depth of pharmacists’ medical expertise or the vast variety of services that pharmacies provide. October is American Pharmacists Month, a celebration of pharmacists’ commitment to their profession and their contributions to improving medication use and advancing patient care in all practice settings.

Independent pharmacists are pharmacists who work for small, locally-owned pharmacies operated by small business owners, often pharmacists themselves, who live in the same communities that they serve. Available for in-depth personalized consultations with customers in person, they offer broad drug expertise on a range of topics. And with the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of independent pharmacists in supporting the health needs of local communities has become more important than ever.

“As local independent pharmacists, it is our duty to provide education and accessibility to reasonably priced medications in order to support and advocate for the health and wellness of our patients and our community,” says Chirag “Chi” Patel, co-founder of Carolina Pharmacy, a Charlotte-based independent pharmacy with locations in Charlotte, Rock Hill, and Lancaster. “We give back to our communities and support small businesses because, without our neighbors, we wouldn’t exist.”

Here are 8 reasons Carolina Pharmacy urges you to support local independent pharmacists during American Pharmacists Month and beyond.

  • 1. Importance in the COVID-19 Battle

    Like other front-line healthcare professionals, independent pharmacists have been on the front lines of the pandemic and have evolved their working roles to do so, including administering COVID tests and vaccines and counseling those skeptical about receiving COVID vaccines.

  • 2. Accessibility

    Independent pharmacists are some of the most accessible healthcare professionals. For COVID-19, they can review available vaccine types and help patients decide which one is best for them. They may also offer curbside vaccination when patients feel uncomfortable coming into the store due to COVID concerns.

  • 3. Trusted Advice

    Independent pharmacists review any concerns a patient has and offer individual consultations.

  • 4. Medication Management

    Independent pharmacists generally know their customers well, including what prescriptions they take, and personally advise on medication management.

  • 5. Access to more Medications

    Independent pharmacists have relationships with wholesalers for lower prices and do not limit ordering medications due to high cost or revenue losses.

  • 6. Personal Focus

    Independent pharmacists are relationship-oriented and dedicated to supporting local communities and those who depend on their services.

  • 7. Expert Knowledge

    Independent pharmacists have superior knowledge in the field, and many take ongoing training classes to stay current in the industry.

  • 8. Affordability of Medication

    Healthcare pricing is often out of customer control, but independent pharmacists work diligently to bring down the cost of drugs for each patient while maintaining the utmost level of service and care.